Born and raised a valley girl, Mrs. Pariser grew up just minutes from Grant High School. After high school, she joined the activists and nerds of Oberlin College in Ohio, where she graduated with High Honors in English after completing her quintessentially Oberlinian (i.e. weird) thesis on the metaphysical significance of jar/vessel metaphors in modern and contemporary poetry. Without wasting any time, she then moved to New York City to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree through Bard College. She spent her time student teaching in Brooklyn, writing a Masters literature thesis on the negotiation of identity and place through classical music in Teju Cole’s novel, Open City, and cooking veggies from almost every farmer’s market in NYC.
Mrs. Pariser began her career teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Harlem Village Academy High School, an IB-track charter school in the heart of Manhattan. She then moved back home where she taught 9th grade English in the Humanities Magnet at Cleveland High School before finding her way to Grant. The rest is history!
In her free time, Mrs. Pariser enjoys exploring local restaurants, playing violin, and of course, deconstructing complex works of literature. She could not be more thrilled to be Grant's English Department Chair and part of the College Prep & Digital Arts Magnet teaching team!